Weekly Updates from Room F7
Dates to Remember
April 11- April 15 - Spring Break
Friday, April 29 - SPIRIT DAY: College Day!
Friday, April 29 - READ-IN with Principal Donnelly in the MPR (5:30-10:00 PM)
Friday, May 6 - SPIRIT DAY: Stuffed Animal and Book Day!
May 12 - Whole Class Field Trip to the San Diego Zoo (more information to come)
May 13 - Spring Carnival!
Have A Wonderful and Safe Spring Break!
Mady's Grandma came to tell us all about what it's like to live in and visit the Philippines! After traveling to the country, it was a wonderful experience for children to taste a Filipino dish, see pictures of places she has been, and ask lingering questions about the country!
A Little Perspective
In Arts Attack this week, students learned about perspective. Instead of painting a flower how we would see it, we tried to imagine what it would look like from a bug's perspective. The kids did an amazing job!
After learning about new concepts, I love to incorporate a game into our phonics lessons. This lets them practice the new concept in a fun and engaging way. This week we played Silent E Maze, where partners raced to read vowel-consonant-e words on a game board.
A Little Perspective
We loved having Raul's mom come and read us one of our favorite books, Dragons Love Tacos. She even brought us our own "taco" treat to munch on after the story!
This week we focused heavily on determining importance while reading. We learned about the first of our habitats: the grasslands. While we were reading, students were asked to choose which bits of information were small details, and which bits of information were important. We will continue to work on this skill with a text on our next habitat!
New Phonics Cards
To help students break apart words even further into their sounds that we have learned about this year, I have made magnetic letter-sound cards for us to help us during phonics. Each sound gets its own color, so that students associate the sound with the color, and can easily spell, write, or read the word according to its makeup.
New Phonics Cards
CEF's Annual Spell-A-Thon
Students will be asked to spell several grade appropriate words for the Spell-A-Thon. Students will be asking for pledges for every word spelled correctly. This is a fun and easy way for students to raise money for our school! (Not to mention, great spelling practice!)
Start to collect your pledges during break! Please seal and return the yellow envelope with pledge money to Miss Crittenden no later than May 4th!
The class in each grade level with the highest spelling average will be announced at Friday Flag on May 6th! Let's get spelling!
Wow! Our class raised over $250 for Pennies for Patients! I am so proud of our class and the money we contributed to help save lives!
Scholastic Reading Club
Haven't made your order yet? There's still time! Follow these steps to place your online order:
Reading Club Order Due Date: April 15
Shop Online: www.scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: PBC6D
***You only need this code ONE time!***
Be sure to check your child's Friday Folder every Friday for fliers, updates, and important information!
New Student Passwords
You can access your child's password if you lose the sheet by loggign in through your parent MyPlan. If you have lost your username and password, please email me to a number to call to retrieve it.
If you have any further questions or concerns about the change in passwords, please do not hesitate to email me.
Weekly Curriculum Update
Foundational: After the break, we will be reviewing our new syllable type, which is vowel-consonant-e. We will practice distinguishing the differences between closed syllables and vowel-consonant-e syllables. We will be reviewing trick words that we have learned so far this year. We will also be reviewing the concept of multi-syllabic words and how to break apart the words to spell and read.
Literature: We will continue to focus on comprehension strategies that help the reader to better understand the text. We will be learning about questioning, visualizing texts, making connections, determining importance, and analyzing a text. Students will learn to compare and contrast different texts from different authors, genres or topics. We will also be reviewing text structures of both non-fiction and fiction texts and how they help us to better understand the text. When we return from break, we will continue to focus on determining importance. This helps students to distinguish the difference between small details and important information in a text.
After the break, we will be starting our informative writing unit! This unit will consist of students learning how to write about facts that they know about a certain topic. Students will learn how to organize an informational piece to help explain a topic. We will build up to researching an animal of our choice and writing an informative piece about that animal.
Cubs: Cubs will be deepening their understanding of tens and ones and how place value affects our number system when we return from break. They will be learning to represent tens and ones in drawings and recognize groups of tens and ones in numbers.
Bears: Bears will be continuing our study of two dimensional shapes. We will be reviewing shape attributes and then learning how to compose and decompose shapes. We will be learning academic vocabulary that helps us to describe a certain shape (vertices, faces, etc.). Students will be reviewing shapes that they learned about last year, as well as new shapes (trapezoid, rhombus, etc.). Looking ahead, our next topic is looking at whole shapes and determining how to partition the shapes into equal parts (fractions).
This month in science, we will be studying different major habitats of the world: grasslands, temperate forests, tropical rain forests, desert, polar ice, and tide pools. We will learn just a bit about each habitat, and how animals in that habitat have adapted to survive. At the end of our unit on animals in the different habitats, we will pair what we have learned with what we have learned in our informational writing unit, and students will research an animal of their choice.
After the break, we will be traveling to India! I have quite a few countries that I would love for the kids to travel to to experience the myriad of cultures we have in our world. While we travel, we will be learning about continents, and how to distinguish one continent from another.